On a rare clear day in early spring, some friends and I left Galway bound for Inishmore, one of the Aran Islands in Ireland. Several tour companies run day trips from the city, and it was very easy to set up. We traveled by bus into the countryside, and then caught a ferry across the Atlantic to the island.
On the sliding scale of Tolkien fandom insanity, I probably fall in the upper-middle end of the spectrum. So when I found out I’d be living in England, I was only a little excited by the prospect visiting the sights that inspired one of my favorite authors.